Charlamagne Tha God is continuing to expand his portfolio and increase his bag by executive producing “While I Breathe, I Hope,” a documentary about Attorney Barkari Sellers.
In 2006, Sellers became the United States’ youngest black elected official in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Executive produced by Charlamagne Tha God, the film follows Sellers as he attempts to become the first Democrat elected to a South Carolina state office since 2006 and the first African-American since the 1870s. He faces an uphill battle, particularly when he decides to campaign on removing the Confederate flag from the front of the state capitol building.
After the election, in which he won 41.13 percent of the vote, Sellers re-emerges in the national spotlight after the June 2015 Charleston church massacre in which his friend and fellow state congressman Clementa C. Pinckney was killed. The film concludes with Sellers, now a political commentator at CNN, addressing the crowd at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
In a statement, Charlamagne shared his excitement about the project saying:
I’m really excited to be a part of this project and to support my fellow South Carolina brethren.
Bakari’s story is one that’s extremely important and needs to be told, especially in today’s political climate. He is one of the most important voices of our present and future.
“While I Breathe, I Hope” will premiere in October at the New Orleans Film Festival.